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In Topic: HeartBleed malware

12 April 2014 - 01:48 AM

There is a firefox plugin which will tell you if the site you are on is vulnerable or not. https://addons.mozil...tbleed-checker/

In Topic: Craigslist Poor choices for sales Pics 2

10 March 2014 - 08:58 AM

This starts of sort of ok, if you like that sort of boat. Although the coachroof looks a little unusual.

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Then use a bit of shake to cover any imperfections

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now try and distract with a chick, although she is a little over dressed.

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Then go for the WTF pic.

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More here: http://www.ebay.com....=item19e98ac12a

In Topic: New Safety Tether/Lanyard

04 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

Just went looking for these on the whitworths site and could not find them. Looked under Safety Equipment > Safety Harnesses/Tethers > Safety Tethers/Hooks but they do not appear to be listed. Can you post a link?

In Topic: Rope/knot/splice load testing

09 February 2014 - 10:30 AM

The methodology for drop tests as specified by the previous standard is also available on the equipped site: http://www.equipped....Lines - SAA.pdf


The complete brief of evidence for the 98 coronial inquest is at http://www.equipped....art/default.htm

, there is some interesting stuff in the safety equipment section.

In Topic: Rope/knot/splice load testing

09 February 2014 - 10:10 AM

Very helpful.  Thanks.  I found the above report particularly interesting. It is independent lab conformation of my results. They tested it to stitching failure at pretty much exactly the loading my testing suggests (30% of the ORC requirement) despite it using decent strength webbing.  I am really surprised this has not gotten more attention, as there appears to be a systematic misunderstanding of stitching strength potential among many commercial suppliers to the sailing market. And the customers are just trusting the suppliers to have gotten it right.

To be honest it scares me how weak some of the products on the market appear. One of the outcomes of that Hobart was an updated version of the Australian standard covering harness and tethers. However looking at what is available and in production I have doubts about it's value.


I think that one of the problems is that psychologically most people never expect to use a tether or harness sailing. So they do not think about the robustness of their equipment in quite the same was a climber would. When you are clinging to a cliff face 50m off the ground you are very conscious of the fact that your harness and slings are going to save your life if you fall.